I’m running for Alexandria City Council because I believe that by working together we can help all Alexandrians thrive.
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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Canek Aguirre is a community advocate and progressive leader focused on improving the lives of all Alexandrians.  As the son of Mexican immigrants, Canek knows first-hand the importance of hard work, education, and ensuring everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream.

A member of numerous boards and commissions in the region, Canek has made it a priority to give back to his adopted community.  Canek serves as: the Chair of the City of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission, President of the Tenants and Workers United (TWU) Board of Directors, and Vice Chairman of the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia (HSANV) Board of Directors.  He is on the Leadership Council for the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) and serves on the Steering Committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria.

In 2016, Canek was appointed to the Virginia Board of Social Work by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

In his professional capacity, Canek works to increase access to care and improve health outcomes for Medicaid populations throughout Northern Virginia.  Prior to this, Canek spent three years serving students and families in Alexandria City Public Schools. 

Canek lives in the West End and is an active member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee where he is the former precinct captain for Cora Kelly.  He is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

canek's priorities

Canek brings people together to amplify the voices that aren't always heard by local decision makers. As your champion on City Council, Canek will work to increase housing opportunities, invest in our public schools, and to improve health outcomes.


Alexandria has lost over 90% of our affordable housing units since the year 2000. Canek is committed to increasing housing opportunities for all Alexandrians.

investing in our public schools

As the son of a retired public school teacher, Canek believes every child deserves access to an excellent public school education. To achieve that, he knows Alexandria must invest in our school infrastructure and address teacher retention.

building a healthier community

Canek is dedicated to improving health outcomes for all Alexandrians. He believes it is our shared responsibility to support efforts that eliminate health inequities that exist within our community.